Agri faculty nails best paper award at int’l confab

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DAVAO CITY – Dr. Alminda Fernandez’s team was honored as the Best Paper Presenters at the 4th International Conference on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Management for Sustainable Development (ICRIEMSD 2023) held on Nov. 3 and 4, 2023, via Zoom and Google Meet. Her paper titled “Growth and Yield Booster for Petchay using Biofertilizer” stood out as a beacon of innovation and impact.

“The heart of this conference beats with the rhythm of exceptional ideas, and at its core lies the best position paper, poised to make waves that drive meaningful change.”

As the gavel falls and delegates prepare to debate, one position paper emerges as the cornerstone of innovation and the impact of relentless pursuit of knowledge, unveiling the narratives of petchay booster to yield and growth using the Biofertilizer. 

The research revealed the positive impact of using biofertilizer, leading to a significant boost in crop yields. This biofertilizer, manufactured by Davao Thermo Biotech Corp., is derived from local waste byproducts and undergoes a 45-day composting process facilitated by thermophilic bacteria.

This approach not only addresses waste management challenges but also offers a sustainable and effective biofertilizer for crops, showing great promise for Filipino farmers.

Their team comprised certified researchers from the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority, along with professionals in the field of agriculture. Attaining their research goals demanded extensive training and a steadfast resolve.

They operate as a collective, driven by a common aspiration to elevate the agricultural industry through pioneering solutions. Their dedication extends beyond research to the dissemination of knowledge.

With over 60 published works and 81 citations, the lead researcher said, “We are resolute in our pursuit of excellence.”

With the challenges they have encountered alongside in making the paper, they said that “Achieving this level of success demanded significant investments in finances, time, and intellectual effort.

Even as experienced researchers, we encountered challenges, particularly in obtaining accurate data and results due to adverse weather conditions and pest infestations. This led to repeated trials until optimal outcomes were achieved.

The process required substantial dedication, patience, and occasional budget constraints. Despite moments of doubt, our unwavering commitment and collective determination kept us moving forward, resulting in each accomplishment serving as a testament to our perseverance.”

In reflecting on this achievement, they are inspired to continue pushing the boundaries of agricultural research, striving for even greater heights of innovation. Our success serves as a testament to the potential for positive change that lies within the realm of sustainable agriculture. They are looking forward to further collaboration and knowledge-sharing within the JMCFI community and beyond as we collectively work towards a future of enhanced agricultural productivity and environmental stewardship.

As to conclude this insightful journey, it is imperative to acknowledge the vital role of platforms like JMCFI in fostering an environment of collaboration, knowledge exchange, and recognition. Events such as the ICRIEMSD 2023 serve as beacons, illuminating the path towards a sustainable future.

Dr. Alminda Fernandez’s exceptional contribution exemplifies the power of research in propelling us towards a more prosperous and eco-conscious agricultural landscape. In the spirit of this achievement, it is essential to recognize that the pursuit of knowledge is an ever-evolving endeavor.

The challenges faced, the breakthroughs achieved, and the lessons learned all contribute to a rich tapestry of progress. We hope this success story resonates not only within our community but also across borders, inspiring fellow researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs to embark on their own journeys of discovery. In the grand scheme of things, this award is not just a recognition of Dr. Fernandez’s work but a celebration of the collaborative spirit that drives us all.

Together, we can continue to forge new paths, unearth novel solutions, and ultimately contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous world. The seeds of innovation have been sown, and we eagerly anticipate the bountiful harvest they will yield in the years to come.”

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